Monthly Archives: December 2010

Pa. Innocence Project Asks for New Trial Based on New Evidence In Fatal Pittsburgh Fire

February will mark the 16th anniversary of a tragedy that has long sat heavy on the hearts of Pittsburgh. The fatal Bricelyn Street fire claimed the lives of three Pittsburgh firefighters. Greg Brown was convicted of arson and is serving … Continue reading

Prosecutorial Misconduct Unlikely to Result in Termination

An article in USA TODAY examined hundreds of cases of serious prosecutorial misconduct and concluded that “prosecutors have little reason to fear losing their jobs, even if they violate laws or constitutional safeguards designed to ensure the justice system is … Continue reading

Posted in Prosecutorial Misconduct, Reform measures

Pennsylvania Man Released after 23 Years’ Incarceration

Kenneth Shiffer was convicted of second degree murder in 1988 and sentenced to life in prison. On November 23, 2010, Shiffer was released from prison after serving 23 years. Shiffer was convicted of the 1987 beating death of a man … Continue reading

Posted in DNA Science, Pennsylvania Law, Witness Identifications

Exoneree Ferando Bermudez Speaks to Arcadia Students

Last Monday, recent exoneree Fernando Bermudez addressed a packed room of Arcadia University students and professors to share with them his personal story, and to exhort them to “live your life now.” In November, 2009, after 18 years in prison … Continue reading

Posted in Exoneration, Witness Identifications